Toronto Madman In Van Attack is "Men's Rights" Activist

Two South Koreans were among the dead, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing government officials.

Minassian now faces 10 charges of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder. His next court appearance is slated for May 10.

Wendy Cukier, a professor in the business school at Toronto's Ryerson University and president of Canada's Coalition for Gun Control, said Canada may avoid some types of violence because its social programs are stronger than those in many US states and there is less income inequality. It is believed he carried out the attack in an act of revenge on women for rejecting him. After the minute-long standoff, the officer finally persuaded the man to lie down on the ground and put his arms behind his back. "I just did my job", McCormack said the officer told him.

Saunders said he applauded how his officers handled the arrest. The Toronto police officer's father, David Lam, was once an officer himself in Hong King.

How did the incident unfold?

He was asked to say his name and if he understood an order not to have any contact with anyone injured in Monday's crash scene on a busy sidewalk.

Amarasinghe worked at school cafeterias around the city and was working in the area the day of the van attack, friend Thilina Pelendage said.

Witness Peter Kang told CTV News that the driver did not seem to make any effort to stop.

"People, fire hydrants, there's mail boxes being run over", said the unnamed man, who said he was driving behind the van during the incident.

Moments earlier, a man allegedly drove a van into multiple pedestrians in a suburb of the Canadian metropolis. Police have not said whether the person in the cell phone video was Minassian. Photos of the aftermath showed tarp-covered bodies strewn along the roadway, a scene that has become all too family as van ramming incidents took lives in European cities like London, Nice, and Barcelona over recent years. Witness Christian Ali told CNN "he first saw a man unconscious at the side of the road and figured it was a awful accident after also noticing debris from a auto".

The van was brought to a halt by police several streets away and was quickly surrounded.


Police are still piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine exactly what happened.

What is known of the suspect?

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders declined to speculate on a motive for the attack, but said that the driver's actions "definitely looked deliberate".

Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale said the attack did "not appear to be connected in any way to national security".

But she said Mr Minassian had not been violent.

At the time of his arrest, he was behaving strangely and holding some kind of object in his left hand as police squared off with him, according to photos seen on social media.

Facebook "found and immediately deleted the suspect's Facebook account", a company spokesman said in an emailed statement to The Washington Post. Reporter James Moore, with Newtalk 1010, told the BBC he had heard reports that Mr Minassian was regarded as being "quite brilliant". She worked at Invesco Canada, a US -based investment firm with offices close to the crime scene. Another 15 were injured.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the G7 meetings would continue on Tuesday as planned.

She was "always up for a challenge and really wanted to help people out", he said.

City Mayor John Tory urged residents to remain calm.

Speaking in council chambers Tuesday, Tory called the situation an "unfathomable loss of life" that has "left our city in mourning".

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